College Handbooks/Guides

The Bishop McNamara High School Counseling Center publishes several handbooks designed to help our students navigate the college search and application process.  The Handy Dandy Guide is a quick reference handbook all senior students receive in the fall of senior year.  The BMHS College Handbook is distributed to parents during Junior Parent College Information Night, and the Guide for Student/Athletes is available to any student, regardless of grade level, who plans to participate in college athletics. Select the link below to view the contents of each guide; click on the book icon to view and print an interactive version of any of these guides. If you have any questions, please contact the Counseling Office.

College Handbook

College Handbook PDF

Topics Covered:

How Colleges Admit Students
College Exploration
The First Step (Look at Yourself)
Mounting the Search
High School Course Selection
Learning About Colleges
Making the Most of the College Fair
Junior Year Activities
Senior Year Activities
Campus Visits
Admission Plans
Degree of Difficulty
College Admission Tests
Admission Essays
Narrowing the Choices
The College Application
Understanding College Costs
Financial Aid
After the Application
Parents and the College Admission Process
World Wide Web Resources
Standardized Testing
BMHS Transcripts/Teacher Recommendations
BMHS Athletes
Introducing Naviance
Junior Year Tasks

Handy Dandy Student Guide

Handy Dandy Guide

Topics Covered:

The Application
Standardized Testing
Student Athletes
College Visits
Teacher Recommendations
Introducing Naviance
Transcript Request Form
Teacher Recommendation Form

Student Athlete NCAA Guide

Guide for the Student Athlete

Topics Covered:

NCAA Eligibility Center and the Role of the Student
The Difference Between Divisions I, II and III
List of NCAA Sponsored Sports
The Game Plan
Registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center
Developing Your Recruiting Marketing Strategies
Sample Initial Letter of Interest
Sample Athletic Profile
Sample Activity Sheet
Myths About BMHS Student/Athletes
Profile of the BMHS Student/Athlete
Initial Eligibility Requirements
Core Course Requirements
Division I Worksheet
Division II Worksheet
Frequently Asked Questions
What I Need to Know
College Checklist
Tips for Succeeding as a College Athlete
BMHS Records Release Form

Counseling Calendar

    • TueNov25 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedNov26 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • TueDec02 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedDec03 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • WedDec03 Junior Parent College Information Night 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • FriDec05 Progress Reports Released 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • SatDec06 SAT Exam 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • TueDec09 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • TueDec09 Senior Parent Financial Aid Information Meeting 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • WedDec10 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary

Counseling News

Posted 11/21/2014 03:03PM
Parents of current BMHS juniors ~ be sure to join the Counseling Center for College Information Night on Wednesday, December 3! Click on the headline above to learn more.
Posted 11/21/2014 02:11PM
The Counseling Center will host a Mid-Term Exam Study Workshop on Thursday, December 11 from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Click on the headline above to read more.
Posted 10/09/2014 04:51PM
​Josephine Kalshoven and Mary Korendyke, Class of 2015, were named Commended Participants in the National Merit Scholarship Program, for placing in the top 5% of over 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Posted 10/09/2014 04:23PM
Breana Ross, Class of 2015, has been named a Seminfinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Jordan Hinkle, Akosua Johnson, Laken Smothers and Jordan Wells were named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
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6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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